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Duration: 04:01

While the banded brother mongoose family forages for food away from the den, they fail to notice that the pups are in danger. Lurking in the shadows are three rogue males from the rival group, the striped gang. Attracted by the scent of females in season, these three likely lads are hoping for a sneaky mating. It's a risky strategy, but with the banded brother males away and only two males on duty at the den, this could be their only chance to score. One of the rogue males takes his chance, coming dangerously close to the den entrance, but he's spotted and quickly chased away. However, when the guards return from the chase something is wrong. The pups are alone at the den and their female guardian has vanished! She's been lured away by the rogue striped males and she's clearly up to no good. Receptive females will often mate with males from other packs during territorial fights, but this is particularly brazen. As she moves closer to the den, the males of the family manage to usher her out of their rivals' grasp. Its now a staright fight between the males of the family. Teamwork enables them to see off these rogue males and protect both den and pups.

Available since: Mon 15 Feb 2010


Camera Operator
Ralph Bower
Camera Operator
Mark MacEwen
Camera Operator
John Waters
Camera Operator
Luke Barnett
Camera Assistant
Helen Johnson
Dr Michael Cant
Dexter Fletcher
Production Manager
Janelle Backes
Production Manager
Anna McGill
Colin Jackson
Executive Producer
Wendy Darke
Assistant Producer
Louise Emerson
Will Slater

This clip is from

Banded Brothers Episode 1

1/4 A family of banded mongooses needs new recruits to be born regularly to defend territory.

First broadcast: 21 Feb 2010

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